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A Lion Remembered: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Chuck Todd

Is the Germanwings Tragedy a 'Mental Health Failure'?

NBC's Tom Costello and aviation psychology expert Dr. Erin Bowen discuss Andreas Lubitz and mental health checks for pilots.

Mental Health

Iran Nuclear Talk 'Pessimism is Very Real'

Former Amb. to Iraq and nuclear negotiator Christopher Hill says the Iran nuclear deal is going to be hard to sell in DC and Tehran.

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Is There a New Proxy War Between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

Richard Engel reports on the growing conflict for power in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Middle East

Hillary Clinton Email Controversy Continues

Hillary Clinton

Saudi Ambassador: Actions in Yemen Not Part of a 'Proxy War'

Proxy War

Saudi Arabian Ambassador: Yemen Not a Proxy War

Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States said Sunday he wouldn't call the conflict in Yemen a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, even though he admitted his country is fighting a group supported by Iran.

"This is a war to protect the people of Yemen and its legitimate government from a …

International Relations

#NerdScreen: Ted Cruz and the 'SEC Primary'

This past week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, became the first candidate to formally announce his intention to run for president in 2016. His speech at Liberty University, a bastion of Christian social conservatives, made clear he intends to work hard at winning over evangelical voters in the GOP …

Ted Cruz

ComPRESSed: Saudi Arabia Responds to Potential Nuclear Deal

This week's episode of 'Meet the Press' ComPRESSed deals with pilots and mental health, Iran nuclear talks, fighting in Yemen and Hillary Clinton.

Middle East

The Week in 2016: What Mattered (And What Didn't)

In today's rapid-fire political news cycle, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the different news out there. So here's a look back at the past week in the 2016 presidential contest, making sense of the developments and events that we think mattered - and those that didn't.

What Mattered

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Elections

First Read: A Foreign Policy Election (More or Less) Is Coming for 2016

First Read is the NBC Political Unit's morning briefing on the day's most important political stories and why they matter

A foreign-policy election (more or less) is upon us

As the 2016 presidential race picks up speed, expect the issue terrain to involve more guns -- and less butter. Consider all of …

Elections

Harry Reid Says He's Not Running for Re-Election in 2016

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid won't run for re-election in 2016, ending a lengthy congressional career that culminated in ten years of leadership of the Democratic Party in the Senate.

Reid announced the decision in a Youtube video, saying "We've got to be more concerned about the country, the …

Harry Reid

New Rick Perry video shows slices of Iowa

Republican Rick Perry will release a Web-only campaign-style advertisement on Thursday that stresses his commitment to spending time in Iowa and …

Rick Perry

A Wiser Rick Perry Takes Campaign Step By Step

Ted Cruz is sucking up much of the oxygen this week after kicking off his bid for the White House. But another Texan, former Gov. Rick Perry, has …

Republican Party

Scott Walker Adjusts Stance on Immigration at Private Dinner

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for citizenship, a position at odds with his previous public statements on the matter.

Mr. …

Immigration

House Passes 'Doc Fix' for Medicare Doctors

Congress may be mostly deadlocked, but the House of Representatives passed the so-called "doc fix" Thursday.

It rectifies one of the most annoying chores Congress has faced year in and year out for more than a decade — a flawed payment formula that has mistakenly cut the amount doctors are paid for …

Medicare

With 'Sadness and Humility,' Aaron Schock Bids Farewell

Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) gave his farewell address on the House floor Thursday, saying he leaves Congress with "sadness" after weeks of ethics questions.

"I was never more excited than the day I walked into this chamber six years ago," the congressman said. "I leave here with sadness and …

Government

Ted Cruz Scouting Report: The Rookie With the Rhetoric

A college debate champion with a "hard core conservative" rating from On the Issues, Ted Cruz enters the 2016 presidential race with a lot of passion. But can he overcome his relative newcomer status?

Ted Cruz

Walker Position on Immigration Becomes Increasingly Unclear

Where does Scott Walker stand on the thorny subjects of immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship?

Well, it's increasingly difficult to tell -- especially after the Wall Street Journal today reported that, according to three people present, he told a March 13 private dinner of New Hampshire …

Immigration

Proxy War: U.S. on Both Sides of Tensions Between Iran, Saudi Arabia

First Read is the NBC Political Unit's morning briefing on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

The U.S. finds itself on both sides of a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Talk about the United States being in a difficult place. One hour, the U.S. is conducting …

Middle East

To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran

FOR years, experts worried that the Middle East would face an uncontrollable nuclear-arms race if Iran ever acquired weapons capability. Given the region’s political, religious and ethnic conflicts, the logic is straightforward.

As in other nuclear proliferation cases like India, Pakistan and North …

Middle East

Obama’s pragmatism, convictions collide in his handling of two wars

For a president committed to ending two of America’s longest wars, it has been a rough few days.

First, on Tuesday, President Obama said he would …

International Relations

Fixing the ‘Doc Fix’ for Good

President Obama’s debt is hurting our prosperity today and imperiling the American Dream for our children and grandchildren. On his watch, America’s …

Conservative News

Senate 'vote-a-rama': A charade with consequences

The late-night vote marathon is aimed mainly at making the other party look bad in elections.

Updated 3/26/15 3:13 PM EDT

Republicans will have to go on record against giving minimum-wage workers a raise and potentially vote against a plan meant to defend pregnant workers from discrimination. …

Liberal News

Joe Biden plays the long game

In the lead-up to the 1980 presidential election, a small group of Democratic strategists quietly traveled to Joe Biden’s Delaware home to urge him …

Joe Biden

Walker says he’d reject deal with Iran ‘on day one’

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Wednesday that if he’s elected president, on his first day in office he’ll reject any deal the White House …

Middle East

Iranian president sends letter to Obama as nuclear talks near deadline

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote a letter Thursday to President Obama and leaders of the other five countries engaged in talks aimed at a nuclear deal, urging them to overcome differences so that an agreement can be reached by the end of the month.

Rouhani, who didn’t disclose the full …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

U.S. Begins Airstrikes on ISIS in Tikrit for First Time

BAGHDAD — American warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, entering a struggling Iraqi offensive to retake the city for the first time after more than three weeks of remaining on the sidelines. A coalition of Shiite militias and Iraqi security forces …

Iraq

Obamacare Super Foe Ted Cruz May Soon Enroll

Five years after the Affordable Care Act became law, one of its biggest opponents says he may be signing up.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the first major candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race, is now shopping around for health coverage after his wife, Heidi, took a leave of absence from her job at …

New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Thanks U.S. for 'Tremendous Sacrifices'

The new president of Afghanistan told Congress on Wednesday that his country appreciates "the bravery of your soldiers and the tremendous sacrifices that Americans have made to keep Afghanistan free."

President Ashraf Ghani was given a warm reception as he spoke to a joint session. He praised …

Afghanistan